Options explained for coal ash cleanup from rivers

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) - A decision is expected this fall about how to clean up spilled power plant coal ash from two East Tennessee riverbeds.

An estimated 500,000 cubic yards of ash remains at the bottom of the Emory and Clinch rivers nearly four years after a huge coal ash spill at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/PFaWyi ) reported an Environmental Protection Agency official spoke at a community meeting Tuesday evening at Roane County High School. He told area residents the choices are to leave the submerged ash alone dredge it up or cap it.

EPA cleanup project manager Craig Zeller pointed out that dredging would be the most expensive option and would risk disturbing radioactive materials at the bottom of the rivers.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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